Siena Heights University announced it was one of only six institutions in Michigan to receive funding for the U.S. Department of Education's Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program.
Dr. Patricia Wallace, Ph.D., director of SHU’s McNair Scholars Program, said Siena Heights has been funded for four years. The insitutition will receive $252,045 in grant money per year to serve 28 students.
“We’re going to serve more students,” said Wallace of SHU’s McNair Program, which currently serves 20 students. “Our goal is to get these students into graduate schools and on to Ph.D.’s.”
To participate in the McNair Program, students must be from a low-income family and a first-generation college student or be a member of an under-represented group in graduate education. Nationally, about 175 programs were funded out of more than 300 applications, Wallace said. A point system is used to help determine which programs are funded.
Siena Heights’ McNair Program enables scholars to receive a yearly stipend, attend graduate school fairs, visit graduate school programs, prepare for and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and complete admissions and financial aid applications for graduate school. In addition, students are assigned faculty mentors to help with research projects.
For more information on the McNair Scholars Program at Siena Heights, please call 517-264-7157.